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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Apollonia and Peaches Christ Bring the 1980s Back to the Castro with Purple Rain

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Did we really dress like that way back when? Oh yes we did.
  • Did we really dress like that way back when? Oh yes we did.

Of course, everything that happens in between the uniformly funktacular musical numbers is filler and nonsense. There is not a clunker in the soundtrack, and Prince's performances still dazzle: His fingers creeping up his chest and around his neck in the opening verses of "Darling Nikki," his crazed air-humping later in the same song, his cat-rape screeches at the climax of "The Beautiful Ones," his impossible bourrés in "I Would Die 4 U," his full-throated howling of the title song. He makes other pop stars look stiff, lukewarm, unsexed, unsouled.

A truly electric look
  • A truly electric look

Even the songs he doesn't himself perform bring the house down: Morris and the Time manage to make two of the world's dorkiest dances, "The Bird," and that "O-ee-o-ee-o" bit (which looks like he's trying to piss himself without getting his legs wet) seem cool.

Starstruck: Apollonia and fan
  • Starstruck: Apollonia and fan

And to top it off, we were invited to sing along, which the better part of us did. (Although -- why did I seem to be the only one who sang along to "The Beautiful Ones"? Does nobody else perceive the excellence of that song? Or am I the only one who can sing as high as Prince?) We also talked back to the screen at the moments of particularly preposterous dialogue, which was most of it.

Yay-ess, it was a good night.

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